NBA fines Celtics' Smart $15K for criticizing refs

Boston guard Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the officiating of a Celtics win over the Charlotte Hornets (AFP Photo/Emilee Chinn)
Boston guard Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the officiating of a Celtics win over the Charlotte Hornets (AFP Photo/Emilee Chinn)

New York (AFP) - The NBA fined Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart $15,000 on Friday for publicly criticizing the officiating in Boston's 108-87 victory over the Hornets in Charlotte.

Even after the win Smart was disgruntled, saying he didn't understand the calls the referees were making.

"Really, just, I wish they would call the game the right way," Smart said after scoring six points off the bench for the Celtics with two rebounds and five assists. "A lot of calls that they called, I didn't understand where the fouls were. And it just seems like whenever I get the ball and I'm on offense, I can't get a call."

Smart knew he was likely to be fined even as he made the comments.

"You've got to protect yourself," he said. "So if that means I've got to lose a little bit of money, then I've got to lose a bit."

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